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Inspired by the famous British Royal Guards, represented by their majestic
poses, their instruments and the exuberance of their uniforms. Despite being
people, they have already become an attractive tourist spot, likes monuments
in the city centre.
Today, a sardine came to my window sill and asked me to tell a story about her ... and I did so. One of the magic things about image is that it allows us interpretative freedom. To discover various stories, inside someone’s story. This was my story, what’s yours?!
You miserable fishwife, you ate sardines in the morning and in the evening, you fell in love with a fisherman who was taken by the sea.
Inspired by the love verses that the girls of the Minho region embroidered on handkerchiefs for their boyfriends, this sardine represents the promise of endless love. The Sweetheart Handkerchiefs are recognised by their strong colours, love symbols and spelling errors. It was a romantic allurement ritual where the sewing needles were the keyboard at that time.
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h13, the wind blows gently…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h24, the sky becomes overcast…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h32, some raindrops…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h46, it is raining but it is fine…
Because it is of the Portuguese, father of broad seas, to want, to be able to
simply:be nothing. And be someone in a sea of people. Be a person. Flood.
Dry out. Cry. Float. Come up and dive in again. Be fished. Be gutted and
survive: the whole sea, or the empty destroyed waterfront – The whole, or its
nothing (In D. João Infante de Portugal, Message, Fernando Pessoa).
The High Tide Sardine is an allusion to deep sea fishing, symbolizing
both the lull and the storm that diminishes us. The whole of the sea
inside of a sardine.
Inspired by the street vendors of the popular roasted chestnuts, this sardine, still sizzling, is made of tradition, filled with flavour and taste for what is ours.
It was just an anonymous and pale Sardine. It sought colour and participated
in the “Festas de Lisboa” (Lisbon Festivities). As the event’s icon, it deserved a
monumental illustration. So, I tried to create a symbiosis between the sardine
and the Santa Justa Elevator. The Santa Justa Sardine, once anonymous and
pale, now parades in colour and tradition.
The sardine, with its silvery blue and black hues, darker on the back and lighter on the sides and belly, is found in the northeast Atlantic and the
Mediterranean Sea, where it dwells on coastal areas, between 25 and 100 meters deep.
It undertakes migrations in large shoals that protect fish
from predators during the day, in deeper waters, and move at night-time to shallower waters
to feed on algae and small crustaceans.
It reproduces from October to April, a time when sardines
are leaner and not so tasty.
The sardine is the most popular fish in summer festivals and fairs in Portugal, as well as the main species used in the
Portuguese canning industry.
Zé Povinho is now a superhero. After having courageously faced the austerity
policies, the interference of Troika and the corruption scandals, behold our
Zé is still standing. Standing tall, he shows courage and perseverance and is
ready to face all tempests with a sole purpose: to succeed. Super Zé, who is
alive inside each one of us, resists, persists and never gives up.
The Tagus Sardine has the best view of Lisbon. From the river she sees the people,
the roofs and the Castle; she sees the bridge and the boats, and the departures and
returns that make the city live. She is a lucky Sardine – and, as Amália used to say,
She has water, she knows how to swim / I wish I were a sardine.
The Tenório Sardine is a true portent of the Portuguese guitar. Known in the
most exclusive world of Fado for being a bon vivant, irresistibly seductive
and a confessed lover of the nightlife and “escabeche” (pickle), Tenório
oozes charm through all of his scales. And no gilt-head bream, mullet or ray
can resist his charms.
Tóni is a Sardine prone to gallantry, born as a tribute to the Lisbon hustler.
A raunchy pushy sort, with a loud mouth and fire in his belly, Tón i makes a
living out of odd jobs. Up one street, down an alleyway, he walks nimble,
with a watchful thirsty eye, while distributing flirts to the girls that pass by –
“Eh carapau” “hey mackerel!”
Iwashi-Nobori is a sardine inspired by the Japanese Koinoboshi. Koinoboshi
is the Children’s Day, and the carp is the symbol of strength, persistence,
bravery and success. This Portuguese sardine, painted Ukiyoe-style, wishes
strength, persistence, bravery and success to Portuguese children
Venice, masked and ready for the carnaval in the city of mystery, romance, music and drama. Inspired by renaissance frescos of the churches, Venetian textiles and lace, the canal streets and the mix of bold graphic signs this sardine glides though the water quicker than a gondola.
This is a cat that truly loves Lisbon sardines. He ate so many sardines that, inevitably, he became one of them.
Inspired by the Miami sunset on South beach, Hawaiian shirt fabrics worn
by gangsters and the Art Deco buildings on Colins Avenue in there clashing
colours. Let’s not forget the Surf and the Surfboard designs . Pink Flamingos, neon
signs and the Pink Cadillac show Miami’s kitsch glamour that one loves so much.
Inspired by New York graffiti, Liberty, the urban life of the big apple, jeans,
the theaters on Broadway , baseball, Wall St. and the dollar. The vibrant
lights and « bigger than life! » funk of the city give this sardine it’s flashy
colors to stand out from the rest. This sardine is street, gritty, fashion, fast,
fun and ready to party with all the colors and essence of a real New Yorker!
Written on a slate, hanging at the door of cafes and taverns of Lisbon as an open invitation, Dish of the Day whets the appetite of people passing by. And the menu today is a nice fresh sardine. Bon Appétit!
This sardine tells a story of love and greed among animals. The sardine usually
ends up in the cat’s mouth, who in the end licks his paws in the sun. In this
version, the cat seems to have been swallowed by the sardine, an inversion
of the natural order of things. But when one looks more closely, one sees the
natural order of things restored, one just has to pay attention to their expression.
The Constellation sardine
Has the soul of an artist
Has the guts
Boasting cheerful bright colours
Wandering across Lisbon
In love with such beautiful light
That echoes throughout the city
At the bottom of the sea there are white terrors,
Where plants are animals
And animals are flowers.
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
Fish and Chips wrapped in London newspapers, the Punk, the Bank Brokers
Bowler hats, the underground and the skyline give grit, a street edge to this
London Sardine. The contrast with the Queen, Traditional fabrics and cream
tea’s served in London hotels, the Black Cab and embroidery details from the
Pearly King and Queens costumes, help sum up the real essence of London life.
Sardine! The Queen!
To promote the Sardine to Queen, giving her power and sovereignty, was
one of the goals. Of hearts, because the heart is symbolically associated with
love; in this case, for a city that smells of basil and is kissed by the Tagus.
In Festas de Lisboa, there is food and drink without limits, there are encounters around full tables, there is laughter and toasting, but by the end of the night, there is only silence, empty glasses and crack-bones on the floor. The sidewalk is adorned with remnants of the most beautiful night of Lisbon.
Created in honour of Almada Negreiros. The murals that were the inspiration for this illustration, the panels of the Rocha Conde de Obidos Maritime Station in Alcântara, are one of the strongest evocations of old time Lisbon. The monumental size, colour intensity and above all, the life they transmit are breathtaking.
Animals are beautiful natural mechanisms, and Man should serve them and
be grateful to them. As a tribute, the illustration is a machine created by
Man and inspired by the sardine itself. A kind of hospital for fish in danger!